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A crazy idea about privacy

It's my personal data we're talking about, isn't it? Why are they telling me how this is going to work? Shouldn't I be the one calling the shots? So that was the starting point to reflect on a few 'what if' scenarios.

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Comprehensible agreements with Lawpatch

Legal agreements govern almost everything important… and everyone hates reading them.

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Contract Automation

The visualisation below shows the data tree of a Software Development Agreement. We use this structure on trytreescribe.com to provide better service at Query Law.

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Do lawyers cause more harm than good?

Adding ‘one more lawyer’ to the legal profession, without changing the way that law works in everyday practice, may do more harm than good.

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Does the internet know you better than you know yourself?

People might care more about their online privacy if the full power of online service providers, especially social media apps like Facebook, were more obvious to us...

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Lawyers should learn from software developers

To advance law, lawyers need to learn software development techniques like modular design, branched version control and managing complexity with abstraction.

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Legal technology must be properly targeted

Law firms sell guided access to 3 layers of valuable information. Legal technologists need to understand these layers, and target them in the right order if they want to effect meaningful change.

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Real Time Docs At Query Law

Emailing back and forth to get a legal document done is terribly inefficient. The approach of "Real time docs" is much faster and cheaper.

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Wet code, dry code, damp code

There's a strong distinction to be made between 'wet code,'' interpreted by the brain, and 'dry code,' interpreted by computers. Human-read media is wet code whereas computer code and computer-readable files (to the extent a computer deals meaningfully with them) are 'dry code.'

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Why let Twitter limit us?

Tweets are not long enough to express opinions clearly and carefully. That is bad for our public conversation.

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Dictionary

Disclosure

Disclosure is when you share, publish or otherwise make accessible personal information.

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Health Information

Health information includes information about a person's health records, health services, organ donation preferences and genetic information.

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Clickwrap Agreement

A clickwrap agreement is a form of contract where a person indicates their agreement by checking a tickbox.

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Direct and Indirect Liability

The concept of liability can be divided into direct liabilities and indirect liabilities.

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Intellectual Property

Intellectual property is how lawyers describe rights over things (like music, newspaper articles, code or inventions) that a human mind creates. The word 'property' is used because these creations can be owned in the same way that other property is owned.

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Personal Information

In the context of Australian privacy law, personal information is any information or opinion about an identified individual, or an individual who is reasonably identifiable (from the information).

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Privacy Notification Statement

Under Australian privacy law, if you are the kind of business that requires a privacy policy, you also need to take reasonable steps notify individuals when you collect their information.

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Sensitive Information

In Australian privacy law, sensitive information includes a wide variety of information about an individual, including their racial or ethnic origin, political opinions, religious beliefs and many other areas.

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Service Level Agreement

A Service Level Agreement is also known as an SLA, and usually covers three topics.

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Third Party

Third party refers to a person who is not part of the legal relationship that you are considering.

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Work Specification

A work specification is a document that describes the work that will be performed under a contract.

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Topics

The best reasonable endeavours article on the Internet

If you want someone to use their "best endeavours" in a contract, is that any different to asking for their "reasonable endeavours?"

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